our executive team and staff
Tuck Bartholomew is the founding and senior pastor of City Church Philadelphia. He is adjunct faculty at Western Theological Seminary where he teaches Urban Church Planting and Worship in the Urban Church. He holds a PhD in Sociology and prior to starting City Church in 2006 he served on the pastoral staff of several churches, most recently Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Tuck and his wife Stacy have three adult children.
Frances is an ordained minister who does private practice counseling in the San Francisco Bay area. She graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary and before beginning her counseling practice, served at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and at City Church San Francisco. Prior to working as a Church Lady, Frances had a corporate career in marketing and communications in New York City.
She has been married to Douglas Nelson since 1997; they share their life on the coast south of San Francisco with Bernie the yellow lab; Leonard, Sophie, and Mathilda, the cats; several decorative chickens, and many friends.
Church Multiplication Team Chair
Josh grew up in Sydney, Australia and moved to the Bay Area in 1997 after graduating from the University of Wollongong. He has lived in Oakland for 10 years, with a brief 3 year break in New Jersey earning his master’s degree at Princeton Seminary. In that time, he has served as pastor to university students at UC Berkeley. In Oakland, he met his wonderful wife, Robin and we adopted our girls – Aliah and Malia. His call to plant a church is best expressed by the words of Isaiah – Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low…And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people will see it together...
Leadership Development Team Chair
Aaron Kuecker is the Director of the Honors College at LeTourneau University. His academic work focuses primarily on the identity formation in the early Christian Church and he deeply values the partnerships and shared learning that come from interdisciplinary studies. He is a graduate of Central College (B.A. Political Science), Western Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of St. Andrews (Ph.D).
Church Health Team Chair
Jonathan spent most of his life in Chicago and South Florida before joining the staff of City Church in 2009. A licensed attorney, Jonathan practiced civil rights litigation and nonprofit organizations law in Chicago before becoming increasingly involved with church planting and being called to seminary in 2003. During seminary, Jonathan had the the unexpected opportunity to open and operate a small chain of speciality coffee stores in Fort Lauderdale, FL, an experience which greatly transformed his understanding of life and ministry (and coffee). Upon graduating Reformed Theological Seminary in 2009, Jonathan and his wife Kristen made their long-desired journey to San Francisco. Jonathan's three children, Noah, Rowan and Matylda were all born in SF. Jonathan is responsible for overseeing the business operations of City Church and its affiliated ministries, serves on the teaching team, and directly coordinates the Newbigin Fellowship, a nine-month, intensive cultural discipleship program. If you can’t find Jonathan in SF, there’s a good chance you’ll find him racing down a mountain in the Sierra Nevada.
Michael is an Elder who lives in Denver, Colorado. He works as a teacher and administrator in middle and high school education. Michael has a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University and a M.A. in Education and Human Development from George Washington University, and an M.A in Theology from Western Theological Seminary. He and his wife Maggie were married in 2011.